Understanding "Obey Allah & the Messenger"
In the Qur'an, "Allah & the Messenger" is a single entity. Allah issues the instructions, teachings and ethics - and the Messenger is from whom these teachings are communicated. "Allah and the Messenger" is depicted in the verses as follows:
Notice, the war is from Allah as well as the Messenger, although it is waged physically by the Messenger.
Again, the same concept above.
In the above verse, how does a person help Allah? Does Allah need any help? Yet, the expression "Allah and His Messenger" is used. This is because they are a single 'entity' to be heeded.
The 'proclamation' is made by the Messenger himself to all people, yet it is from "Allah and His Messenger".
In the above verse, if one fights the messenger, he automatically 'fights' Allah too. All these verses prove that Allah and His messenger are a single entity to be obeyed.
"Say, I am nothing new among the Messengers. I have no idea what will be done with me or you. I only follow what has been revealed to me. I am only a clear warner.' (Qur'an 46:9)
As is stated in the above verse, the prophetic religion is based on the Qur'an. "Allah and His Messenger" do not issue contradictory teachings between themselves, that is, the prophet will not instruct against the teachings of Allah in the Qur'an, as his duty is to preach the message of the Qur'an. This is why it is stated in the Qur'an that:
Thus, the prophet's true teachings are always in conformity with the Qur'an. Yet, many people today, when asked about following a reported saying of the prophet that contradicts the Qur'an immediately quote, "Obey Allah and the Messenger" from verses like the following:
They do not realise that the Messenger does not issue a teaching against Allah. In other words, the Messenger never issued any teaching that violates the Qur'an. Their understanding immediately shows they have not grasped the Quranic essence nor studied the Qur'an.
Since the Qur'an tells us that the prophet definitely upheld all the teachings of the Qur'an and does not speak against it, accepting reported 'hadiths' which violates the Qur'an, is disobeying the Messenger! The Messenger could not have done or commanded such a thing! He would have said what the Quranic verses say (and continue to say today). Also, as the Qur'an is the most authentic source, it does not matter how "authentic" that contradictory hadith may be claimed to be by any "scholar". If Quranic verses contradicts a hadith, then it is not possible for that hadith to be valid and truthful. The Qur'an reaffirms that the prophet would have been destroyed if he issued a teaching that contradicts the Qur'an:
As Quranic injunctions are prophetic injunctions, then it follows that obeying Quranic injunctions and way of life meticulously, is obeying Messenger. Therefore, the way to totally 'obey' the Messenger, is to be thoroughly knowledgeable of the Qur'an - always being mindful of its content, and upholding its teachings in all places and time - judging everything by it - and not accepting teachings that go against it, no matter how authentic it is alleged to be by a human being. Anything that goes against the Qur'an lacks all credibility, no matter how many people claim it to be genuine.
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